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The long-anticipated Lucky Ducky Race, sponsored by the Sunrise Rotary Club of Salida, came to a successful end Sunday, Sept. 1. There were 17 lucky winners, ranging from the first prize of $1,500, second prize of $1,000, third prize of $500 as well as other great prizes sponsored by local businesses.

The Andert sisters, left to right, Billie, Henriette and Fraye. (Photos by Sandy Hobbs)

Winners of the Lucky Ducky Race could be called “Brown, Black, and Brown.” Jessie Brown took first place winning $1,500. Frances Black placed second, winning $1,000 and Alison Brown took third place, collecting $500. Winners did not have to be present to win. The first and second prize winners were not present to collect their prizes. The two Browns are no relation to each other.

The race at Franz Lake is an end-of-summer highlight for young and old alike.

Among the youngest winners were sisters, Billie, Henriette and  Fraye Andert.  The girls collected bags of $25 in cash and were both winners in one of the four ducky relay races that preceded the main race.

The ducks were a bit slow to start. Given a watery boost from the Chaffee County Fire Department who sprayed the ducks to get them moving, they headed out and down the course.

The Sunrise Rotarians had a large turnout of members to assist with the race from setup, corralling ducks in the water, selling last minute tickets, parking, grounds safety checks, though cleanup.

For a full listing of Lucky Ducky winners and the sponsors visit

Salida Mayor, P.T. Wood, on the right, ready to grab the winning relay race ducky out of the tube.

Shay Mitchell presenting Alison Brown with the 3rd place $500 check. Alison’s dog, Jet, hiding her face from the camera.

Race complete, the ducks were counted, dried off, and stored for the next season.